So I returned this afternoon from four magical days in Hong Kong! After a whirlwind of sightseeing, shopping, seeing friends, and eating a ton, I think it makes the most sense to start with a post about the first day. Although we landed the night before, we went straight to the hotel and saw very little of Kowloon apart from a quick view of the Hong Kong skyline (just as breathtaking as ever).
Bright and early the next morning, we found a dim sum restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui. After breakfast, I suggested we walk up Nathan Road to a few specialty markets. I didn’t realize it would heat up so quickly. We turned onto Waterloo Road, which used to be one of my favorites in Kowloon. Now it’s a glorified highway, with ramps to bypass the traffic lights below. But we did find some peaceful spots in Kowloon City.
We came to the flower market first, then the new bird market.
Some birds were sold alone in a portable cage.
Others were stacked like chickens, one on top of the other.
Here’s a toucan inside one of the stalls, away from the noise of the street.
We asked a vendor at the flower market (which sold more potted plants than fresh flowers) if he could point us toward the fish street. Instead, we turned over too soon and found we’d arrived at Ladies’ Street. So Tom and I strolled around this market.
This woman was selling sugar cane drinks.
And here’s smelly durian, which people liken to stinky cheese. I’ve never enjoyed the durian, although I’ve only tried it once, when my mom and traveled to Kuala Lumpur.
And then there are mangosteens, which I do like.
This is why it’s called Ladies’ Street.
Tom pointed out other things he noticed at the market. For instance, bamboo scaffolding, which seems to be everywhere.
And stuffed animals perched atop this lorry.
After lunch back in Tsim Sha Tsui, near the harbor, we crossed a little ways underground to see the famous skyline. And as luck would have it, an old junk was sailing nearby for a photo shoot with a model.
That’s worth the trip to Hong Kong!
Here I’m trying to keep the hair out of my face while the model next door does’t seem to be affected in the slightest by the heat and humidity!
After it turned dark, we met a friend across the harbor at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and dined on a gorgeous buffet of curry! Leaving the yacht club in a lightning storm was another matter. Not a single taxi would agree to drive us across the harbor, so we shared one with my generous friend, who dropped us at the nearest MTR (subway) station.
It was a lovely first day (back) in Hong Kong!